fighter squadrons are deployed at FOBs, this transport
squadron delivers man and material at a very short notice.
Besides undertaking domestic assignments, the squadron is
often tasked to uplift service freight from other countries.
An annual Hajj flight takes PAF personnel to Jeddah to
enable them to perform their religious obligation. The
squadron has also been flying the PAF War College on its
educational tours abroad. The countries visited include
Australia, China, Cyprus, Egypt, England, Germany, Malaysia,
North Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria and the US.
The squadron has always supported the Pakistan Army in
several types of operations. The include Para trooping and
Para-drop to all drop zones of the country. When the
difficult mountainous terrain of the northern area hinder
the transportation of men and material of the Army, this
squadron comes to their rescue by evacuating casualties and
injured personnel from the field. The squadron conducts
aerial drop missions at Paiju Drop Zone by flying through
the most difficult valleys in the world. During the last
decade, it has flown thirty-four such sorties, on average,
each year. The Pakistan Navy also seeks help from the
squadron whenever it needs it. One such exercise named Sea
Spark was conducted in October 1989, during which C-130
aircraft provided logistic and tactical support. The
squadron also helps PIA with domestic flights to the
northern areas. Search and rescue mission were flown in July
1989, after a PIA Fokker was lost while flying from Gilgit
to Chaklala. Special flights were also conducted in November
1994 to convey stranded PIA passengers abound for Gilgit.
The squadron has always been quick to react to emergencies,
both inside and outside of Pakistan. The squadron is ever
ready to extend its service in times of emergency, such as
after floods and earthquakes. After the Gulf War, a C-130
carrying relief goods was sent to Kuwait in March 1991.
Similarly, the squadron flew a large number of flood and
earthquake relief missions to friendly foreign countries.
A large mob of Afghan nationals attacked the Pakistan
Embassy in Kabul in September 1995. The Embassy was
destroyed and one of the staff members dies while the rest
were seriously injured. On 7 September 1995, a C-130
aircraft with Group Captain Nayyar as Mission Commander was
sent to Kabul for the recovery and evaluation of the embassy
staff. The aircraft landed under very hostile conditions and
the crew still managed to evacuate the personnel within half
an hour. During this operation, another C-130 aircraft kept
flying over Kabul in order to relay the prevailing situation
to the Air Headquarters. Many such delicate missions have
been flown to different parts of Afghanistan under very
trying conditions to rescue, negotiate, and seek peace.
During May 1998, prior to the nuclear tests conducted by
Pakistan, the squadron carried 1,266,615 lbs load in seventy
one sorties, which is an achievement that is remembered by
its personnel with pride.